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Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Mesquite

In Food, Recipe, Uncategorized by Robyn Landis0 Comments

I wanted to make a moist, spicy cake for the holidays with a good crumb, spongy yet substantial—and low-sugar and vegan. Could I do it? I could and I did. It was the big hit of my Thanksgiving dinner. I co-opted key parts of two different recipes and added my own usual tweaks and tricks…to come up with a moist, fluffy, deliciously out of this world cake that was wayyyyy lower in sugar than even the best “healthy“ recipes I could find. Only 4 g sugar per generous slice, plus a super impressive 4 g …

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Holiday Eco-Shopping 2018—Robyn’s Annual Green Gift Guide

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12 Places to Get Great Green Gifts (plus Bonus Recommendations!) A Guide to Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Organic, Natural, Fair-Trade, Upcycled, and Otherwise Green Alternatives Back in 2004-2007, I took the time every holiday season to compile a little PDF guide featuring a full 100+ great eco-friendly/green gift ideas. I considered myself something of an “eco-shopper” (and still do). Someone who can find you an organic, recycled, all-natural, fair-trade, vegan, and/or used version of any thing you might want to get or give. I took great pleasure in selecting the coolest, most interesting and environmentally friendly wares, suggesting that you …

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How self-care, health and fitness stem from self-love (or at least “self-like”)

In Conscious Beauty, Exercise and Fitness, Mind/Body/Spirit by Robyn Landis0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I posted a photo that my neighbor and friend took of me in my new swimsuit (my first item as a Prana influencer, and I just loved it) as I was headed off to the pool. It happened to be the night that my latest online course registration was ending, so I paired it with a reminder about that, along with a heartfelt sharing about what it means to me to “love your body.” (In essence, that I believe you can love yourself first, love yourself as action of treating yourself lovingly…which nourishes …

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Blueberry Shortcake Smoothie with Benefits

In Food, Health, Herbs and Botanicals, Recipe by Robyn Landis0 Comments

This Blueberry Shortcake Smoothie is actually more aptly titled Blueberry Shortcake Sneaky Shatavari Smoothie—but I didn’t want to scare you off. 😉 You don’t HAVE to add the shatavari or other herbs (then it’s just a tasty blueberry smoothie!), but I devised this blend specifically to get some of my daily shatavari in without being the wiser, smoothie-flavor-wise. Stealthily slipping herbal/botanical and bioactive additions into my smoothies for added benefits without ruining the delicious smoothie refreshment is a specialty of mine. I’m always perfecting blends that can handle a significant amount of medicinal stuff without …

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5 delicious, energizing, soothing adaptogenic cocoa recipes from a health coach-fitness trainer-herbalist

In Food, Health, Healthy Eating, Recipe, Uncategorized by Robyn Landis0 Comments

Think cocoa is for winter only? Think again!  Sure, it’s most appealing to face into a steamy cup when it’s frosty outside. But a rich, deep cocoa drink is so satisfying year round. And while in Arizona now I do tend to switch from cocoa to smoothies by late spring, when I lived in Seattle a hot cup of cocoa was pretty much welcome year round! As a “joyful nourishment instigator” (integrative health coach, fitness trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, Ayurvedic herbal advisor and motivation specialist), one of my specialties is inspiring people to LOVE fueling …

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Spicy Mexican Black Bean and “Chorizo” Soup

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Here is the recipe for my Spicy  Mexican Black Bean and “Chorizo” soup, made for hungry people and immune systems that need a little boost! Lots of cayenne, jalapeño, chili powder and garlic. Also of course black beans, plus El Burrito Soyrizo (this one’s organic, some aren’t), tomatoes and onion and cabbage and chard/kale/mustard green mix, sweet potatoes and carrots, mushrooms and corn. And even beets! Red, fiery and also a tiny bit naturally sweet. Sooooooo good with those Mesquite Green Chile Corn Muffins I made the day before…recipe to come! This is easy to make, …

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The Simple Chocolate-Spice-Cherry Cake Recipe I Invented for My Own Birthday

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It’s perfect for the holidays too. My best friend offered to bake me a cake for my birthday. But I’m picky about ingredients and especially about low-sugar and low-fat (and still delicious) baking.  I’m also looser about straying from recipes—we have a ton in common, but when it comes to recipes she wants to follow them to the letter and I want to barely use them as a guide to create something even better. So we agreed that I would supervise and orchestrate, and she would be my sous chef. 🙂  And this is what …

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Holiday Eco-Shopping 2017—Green Gift Guide

In Conscious Beauty, Conscious Consumer by Robyn Landis1 Comment

7 Places to Get Your Gifts (plus Bonus Recommendations!) A Guide to Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Organic, Natural, Fair-Trade, Upcycled, and Otherwise Green Alternatives Back in 2004-2007, I took the time every holiday season to compile a little PDF guide featuring a full 100 great eco-friendly/green gift ideas. I considered myself something of an “eco-shopper” (and still do). Someone who can find you an organic, recycled, all-natural, fair-trade, vegan, and/or used version of any thing you might want to get or give. I took great pleasure in selecting the coolest, most interesting and environmentally friendly wares, suggesting that you consider these …

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Why “thin” is utterly meaningless—and a juicier, healthier goal to consider

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REFLECTIONS ON THE NONSENSE OF “THIN”—AND THE JOYS OF TRUE WELL-BEING, FREEDOM, AND BEING AWAKE… I love and treasure my body, my self and my life. I am grateful and I am happy. I am aware, awake and alive. I am passionate about this. Not all of this came easily or early, but it is real, true, and joyful—and utterly possible for you, too.  I am not happy because I am “thin.” I am not thin, because there is no such thing. That’s a generic subjective word that doesn’t refer to anything of substance or …

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The Weight Is Over: Shattering the Costly Illogic of “Weight” Loss

In Health, Mind/Body/Spirit by Robyn Landis0 Comments

What is ‘”Weight” Anyway? A Thoughtless Euphemism Prevents us Solving a Painful, Billion-Dollar Health Issue “Weight” and “fat” are not the same thing, whatsoever. They are almost universally used interchangeably, but they are not interchangeable, and mountains of pain lie that way. What we weigh is irrelevant to how we look or feel—or anything. And that innocent/ignorant sloppy conflation, that imprecision, is actually costing us, a LOT, because what we do to change that number isn’t necessarily the same as what we can do to get healthy, fit, strong or lean. Tons of poor health …